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Laura Volpintesta, Fashion Illustration Tribe

I want DRAW you out of your shell so you can flow and shine freely in Fashion Art and Design! All of the ideas held in your head....I'm here to share the tools, to bring them out onto paper, in an encouraging environment that meets you at your pace. I want you to feel safe to create, growing into your confidence in a playful, curious way, what I'm teaching learning in my classes at Parsons since 1997 . This is where you can discover the MAGIC that lives in your hands, your mind, and your heart when they work together. Where what you feel, think, know and are curious about l as you leads as you develop your unique style / voice to share with the world and explore what's within you.

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About this course

WELCOME to Patternmaking Demystified: Patternmaking and Draping digital course sales page!

There are 4 tutorials for you on this page, don't miss them.

Welcome to a place where you can feel comfortable , playful and relaxed as you take in a wealth of information to orient you into the ABCs of garment construction and creation that is a solid technical foundation, , but a learning environment that makes it easy to take in and get experienced and confident.

I know and believe that when you feel at ease and safe, you are much more open to absorb and embody the information.  Inspiration, improvisation, curiosity and experimentation are the vibe here- my whole reason for BEING is to facilitate that process for you.  When you are using the tools in an inspired way to bring your own ideas to life, learning is so much more effortless and "worth it". Your own ideas become the fuel for the work that you do!

Hi, I'm Laura.

Scroll through this page for you >>>>>free Patternmaking video tutorials below!


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  • Are you eager to go behind the scenes and find out what goes into making a fashion pattern?
  • Are you interested to understand what, why, WHERE and how of markings, grainlines, notches? 
  • What do all of these technical terms mean?
  • How does draping work? How do pinning techniques help you drape or test patterns for fittings?
  • How can you adjust a pattern with confidence, to change it?
  • Do you want to make and wear garments, or do you want to sketch with understanding, or both?
  • Do you want to deepen your vocabulary for analyzing, discussing, and engaging in design conversations or writing about design?
  • Do you want to expand your understanding of fashion design to enhance your sketching and design detailing?
  • Do you want to become more  knowledgeable, capable, experienced in understanding fashion garments?

Understanding  pattern making principles.   will change the way you think about clothes, the way you make or draw them, talk about them, and analyze them.


****ALSO NOTE this is not only a course, but you will get two 1:1 calls with me privately to consult on your project gartment that culminates the course! This happens in the later modules.  So there is a coaching component in addition to the support within the course area.




#2 adding flares to a straight skirt pattern. (ps the mini patterns I use in the video to show techniques, are included in your course package)


Patternmaking is a language.  It's kind of like a puzzle. Puzzles are to be  supposed fun.

The game here is that you want the pieces to fit together so you can assemble them into a whole. And you want that whole to look a certain way, and move and fit a certain way.  And those aesthetci rules aren't RULES, they are CHOICES and DECISIONS.

While it can seem intimidating at the beginning- (that's part of what I try to soften)   Patternmaking IS TOTALLY "FIGURE-OUTABLE!" and you can get "in" on it more easily the way I teach it.

I used to use commercial patterns before I went to fashion school at Parsons as a design student,. I first learned to sew from them, but I never used them again after I learned the things i teach  you here.

I was so frustrated by all that delicate tissue paper and zillions of mysterious  markings,  that resulted in garments that NEVER FIT! I felt like I was buying garments I couldn't try on! I also didn't understand how to make alterations to them.

(Nowadays, if anything, I would buy a GARMENT I love as a sample,  and make my own patterns from THEM, and also make changes to customize them however I want. At least that way, I've tried on the piece before investing the time in sewing it.

WHILE THIS CLASS IS CONTENT RICH,  Just even the first few lesson modules alone will change the way you see patterns and clothes FOREVER!
Why not check out one of these sample lessons, and see for yourself?




You don't  need to have a pattern studio or large space to work in. You don't need a dress form, although if you do you can do the draping exercises along with me but even watching them with care is going to change you.

You can do the exercises at 1/4 scale at your own desk or lap if you prefer, I  supply you with 1/4 scale sloper set of basic patterns (sleeve, bodice and skirt) that you can use to infinitely create from to discover this art form.

EACH MODULE of Patternmaking Demystified course  INCLUDES

  • 90 mins/week of videos- instruction of techniques and theory to be creative and techy!. 
  • Resource links for tools, website, books..
  • Real life examples of garments using the techniques.
  • Pattern drafts explained and tried on.
  • Exercises/Practice/ Assignments for YOU to create and share.
  • Discussion areas. give and get feedback, ask and share!
  • Information and Inspiration!
  • Research suggestions for design ideas 
  • 2 private sessions for your final project

Many pattern classes go over your head.

if you look at a pattern book, all you see is symbols and measurements.  It isn't about putting "exactly 1/4 " there or here".  it's also about WHY and HOW you use space.  What you need  is a human being like me (though I'm one-of-a-kind) to break it down so you understand WHY you want a half inch here, a 1/4 inch there.

Patternmaking (and Draping) Demystified about understanding,

it's about knowing how it all goes together to create your own.  We all deserve to learn this basic language and how it works behind the scenes to make or modify a pattern.  It helps if you already sew, to take this course, but the course is for everyone who WANTS TO KNOW MORE.   The course is LOADED with information for you to be empowered, free, creative  and wise in garment-making and problem-solving.

The learning is in the DOING. Let's DO. It becomes second nature over the repeated experiences and integration of skills.

I'm a fashion designer  and educator  who's been teaching at Parsons School of Design since 1997 in both draping, construction and sewing in BFA program, as well as Illustration, model drawing, portfolio and concept development on campus and online!

Patternmaking was the very first class I taught when I was invited to teach at Parsons, It was a six hour studio class that met 30 weeks (two semesters).  That's 180 hours of fashion patternmaking! The next few years I was teaching a class of the same length that was Construction and Draping.

I'm  also a Craftsy/Bluprint  instructor/course creator  with a course called Designing Fashion Flats -and also created Parsons' very  first online fashion studio course in 2008!  My books are available on Amazon. The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know and co-author of the Fashion Designer's Reference and Specification book.

I'm a single mom and Fashion Illustration Tribe is my dream to create fashion courses like the university ones but make them available to creatives everywhere, even if they need to be home with their kids or studying after work,  I want to connect and inspire and create with you  so that you can learn all of the tools my teachers taught me.

I'm also passionate about body positivity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of fashion. DESIGN FOR WHO YOU WANT TO DESIGN FOR. PERIOD.

I love to create, innovate, craft and express.

I know you do too. Curiosity brought you to learning and growing!  If you've landed on this page, you're someone who wants to know more.  You want to MAKE! You want to fit. You want to know how things are put together, really.  You're someone who wants to bring your amazing ideas out of your head and into the world!

Would you like to learn

  • How, why,  and where to use notches?
  • How and where to use and add seam allowances.
  • How to create curves and lines confidently. on armholes, waistlines, hemlines, side seams?
  • Pinning techniques.
  • Marking techniqeus
  • Learn the names of the elements of fashion and garment construction.
  • Facings, waistbands, sleeves, collars, and plackets...., I'll walk you through the building blocks show you the what, the why,   and the how so you can take off on your own discoveries.

We'll cover

  •  the straight grain and bias, and darted bodice and skirt and sleeve fitted slopers.
  • moving the darts.... and / or turning them into gathers, flares, or pleats.
  • how to understand marking/ labelling, seam allowances and notches.
  • create curves and lines with confidence.
  • drafting and designing for pockets, plackets, cuffs, and waistbands
  • some collars, yokes and shirt button-plackets
  • practicing and learning the rules for facings and necklines, armholes.

After working with me, you'll 

  1. understand facings, darts, notches, markings, seam allowance, grainlines... in a way that is going to have you speaking and understanding confidently. 
  2. have experience under your belt from testing out techniques in the exercises. 
  3. be able to make fit adjustments and creative variations on patterns with know-how that understands how adjustments affect a basic pattern. 
  4. have a workbook of drafts that you've already tried on 1/4 scale. 
  5. know the names for things and how they are "built".  

Imagine not being "in the dark" any more about patterns! You'll be able to create patterns from a lot of your  (or your client's) favorite fitting garments, too!

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with any questions or concerns you may have!

Remember when purchasing there are no refunds on my digital products.  Slow down and make sure that you are ready to dive into this experience before enrolling! 

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